Stay Motivated Amid Distraction While Working From Home
This year is a year to remember especially during this pandemic COVID-19 has left many of us feeling lost and unmotivated. Luckily, there are many methods that will help you regain your motivation and productivity.
It is easy to stay on top of your duties when working from a dedicated office space. There are fewer distractions like crying kids, Televisions, lousy neighbours, etc. Now that everyone has been forced to work from home, it is essential to find a way to stay on top of these distractions and maintain your productivity.
Even if you are alone at home, staying motivated might not come naturally. Here are helpful tips that can help you while working from home.
1. Have a Schedule
Another busy day of working long hours and you don't feel like you've
done anything important, even after you got into your home office early and left late.
All is so easy for this to happen. You will quickly be busy all day without making much progress on high-priority assignments and deadlines in the face of constant meetings, last-minute task and let’s not forget our regular home interruptions when we are working from home.
You will be surprised how time will fly away if you do not structure your day. Without the right motivation, you might shift your starting time over and over till you have a pile of work before you.
Some people might easily succumb to distractions while working. As a result, projects that should take 20 minutes now span an hour. Make sure you have a fixed schedule to work and stick to it.
2 . Have a Dedicated Workspace
You are not in the office, but you can create a space to serve as your office. Avoid the temptation to work on your bed or couch. Yes, these are very comfortable, but your motivation and productivity will suffer.
If you do not have a spare room to dedicate as a home office, try a corner in your living room or dining room.
3. Follow the 20-Minute Rule.
There are times you will have to tackle a task you do not like. It can be tedious, frustrating, or downright challenging. As a result, getting started with such could be challenging.
A trick to overcome this is to use the 20 minutes rule. In other words, work for 20 minutes and take a break. Many at times, you might find yourself working longer than the 20 minutes mark.
Overcoming the initial reluctance is the toughest part. Once you get that over, you can keep up with the momentum.
4. Reward Yourself
Humans are wired to love reward. As a result, many of us work best when we know we got a tip. Your reward could be your ability to watch the games as long as you get your work done by 6:00 pm.
A little incentive is not bad in keeping you on track. Also, it is a cool way to realize what you are capable of doing.
5. Challenge Yourself
There are times a little challenge is all you need to keep you on top of your game. For instance, you might be able to finish accessing a single report in an hour. In time, you might reduce the time you dedicate to that report.
There could be some exciting discoveries you might make—for instance, the ability to have a laser focus on your task immediately after waking up. Or perhaps, you are usually not on top of your game immediately after eating lunch. These simple things about you will set you up for success.
If you are aware of your time, you can use it wisely. Also, an extra challenge might be the extra incentive you need to get going.